March is here and that means one thing and one thing only – it’s time to get your Guinness on. When it comes to a true Irish celebration, it’s tough to beat authentic libations straight from the Emerald Isle! Skip the gimmicky green beer this year in favor of the real deal for your St. Paddy’s Day festivities. Irish whiskey and smooth Guinness are two classics that will always stand the test of time, and we have compiled a list of the best hotspots in San Diego to find them. Sit back, relax, and sip a tall glass of Ireland!
First stop is barleymash, the fun, high-energy downtown restaurant that has tailored its menu with two staples: beer and bourbon. Are you hooked yet? Celebrating appetizing and progressive bar fare alongside a uniquely American aesthetic that seamlessly blends from day to night, barleymash reminds that good times should be sipped and savored, particularly with the Breckenridge Nitro Day Irish Stout to get your St. Paddy’s party started. Be sure to pair that stout with Pretzels N’ Dip that includes house-made garlic-butter pretzels, carrot sticks, celery sticks, apples, poblano beer-cheese sauce, topped off with whole-grain honey porter mustard, and Chef Kevin’s special Corned Beef & Cabbage on the big day!
Follow the Guinness rainbow to Osetra Seafood and Steaks, downtown’s prime spot for a sophisticated evening out with friends. Located in the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, the menu boasts an exclusive selection of gourmet seafood, aged meats, handmade pastas, and an impressive collection of wines, beers, and spirits surrounding their three-story wine tower. In addition to ice-cold bottles of Guinness, Osetra has a list of Scotch and Irish whiskeys for your sipping pleasure including Jameson, Jameson Black Barrel, and the Sexton Single Malt. While you savor your beverage of choice, be sure to nosh on the beer-battered Parmesan Truffle Fries, an ever-popular Happy Hour favorite.
Not to be missed on your tour of Irish refreshments is The Smoking Gun, the ideal Gaslamp destination for a relaxed atmosphere in an urban setting and some delicious comfort street food. This neighborhood bar is all about smokin’ good times and old fashioned face-to-face conversation, so bring some pals and get ready for ping-pong, beer, great music, and stellar small plates. Your Irish taste buds will be tingling when you try the Weekend at Blarney’s Boilermaker, a Karl Strauss Mosaic IPA mixed with Jameson IPA whiskey, in addition to single pour Irish whiskeys including Paddy, Teeling, Jameson and more! Munch on the Loaded Thick Chips while you sip for the ultimate potato experience of poblano beer cheese, smoked pulled pork, and green onions.
Bub’s at the Beach is where you want to be for the perfect mix of food, drinking, and loud fun. Located in the heart of Pacific Beach, Bub’s knows how to make sure you have a good time finding your luck of the Irish! Featuring a laid-back vibe, cold beer, an unpretentious sports bar atmosphere and fresh, cooked-to-order food, Bub’s is not to be missed for your festivities. The March Mule of the month is the Irish I Had A Mule, and it includes Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, ginger beer, fresh lime, bitters, rainbow gummies, and gold coins – it doesn’t get better than that! If you’re hoping to get your potato fix, Bub’s has a separate menu dedicated to solely to tater tots, so don’t leave without digging into the Chicken Fried Tots, a hot skillet of cereal crusted crispy chicken, sausage gravy, and a fried egg over crispy tots.
Last, but certainly not least, The Whiskey House is Gaslamp’s premier whiskey bar and home of the largest commercially-available whiskey collection in the world with over 2,800 whiskeys, 20 international draft beers, wine flights, and a menu of delectable global fare for an unrivaled St. Paddy’s Day destination. As the leading experts in worldly whiskeys, The Whiskey House’s extensive menu of craft cocktails couples well with Irish whiskeys from Bushmills, Bailey’s and Celtic Cask to Feckin’ Irish, Jameson, O’Briens, and dozens more. For your main course, sink your fork into the Hand Cut Rib-Eye, a boneless 16 oz. of USDA Prime served with your choice of fries, mashed potatoes, or salad, and enjoy $1 Tullamore Dew shots with a beer purchase on St. Patrick’s Day!
No need to worry about your St. Paddy’s drinking destinations this year. Celebrate your inner Irish, ditch the green beer and stick to the classics with authentic Irish beer and whiskey!